Marco Oppedisano

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Marco Oppedisano
Marco Oppedisano (live).jpg
Background information
Born (1971-11-20) November 20, 1971 (age 43)
Origin Brooklyn, New York, United States
Genres Experimental music, electronic music, Electroacoustic music acousmatic music
Occupation(s) Musician, Guitarist, Composer, Instructor
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1992 - Present
Labels OKS Recordings of North America, Bridge Records, Inc., Spectropol Records, Mutable Music, Capstone Records, Tzadik Records
Website [1]

Marco Oppedisano (born November 20, 1971 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American guitarist and composer whose compositions focus on the innovative use of electric guitar in the genre of electroacoustic music. His musique concrète/acousmatic music compositions have utilized multitrack recording and extended performance techniques for electric guitar, nylon string guitar and electric bass. In addition to musique concrète, compositions by Oppedisano also consist of "live" electric guitar in combination with a fixed playback of various electronic, acoustic (specifically female voice courtesy of Kimberly Fiedelman) and sampled sounds.

Oppedisano has also composed works for solo classical guitar, solo electric guitar and mixed ensemble.

Biography[edit]

Oppedisano began playing guitar at the age of 12 and was primarily a rock guitarist before entering studies at the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music. After two years of classical guitar study with Michael Cedric Smith at Brooklyn College, he completed composition studies there with Tania Leon, Charles Dodge, Noah Creshevsky (Hyperrealism (music)) and George Brunner.

Oppedisano completed graduate studies at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College obtaining his Masters Degree in Music Composition. There he studied with Henry Weinberg and Thea Musgrave.

From 1999-2003, as a member of the Brooklyn College Electroacoustic Ensemble, Oppedisano used the facility at the Brooklyn College Center for Computer Music (BC-CCM) to create his electroacoustic works focusing on sounds derived only from electric guitar and electric bass. From 2003–present, Oppedisano has exclusively worked out of his home recording studio in Queens, NY.

Since 2002, he has also had ensemble works performed by the Fireworks Ensemble, Glass Farm Ensemble, Brooklyn College Percussion Ensemble (directed by Morris Lang), Zyryab Guitar Quartet and solo guitar compositions performed by Kevin R. Gallagher and Oren Fader. As a guitarist he has performed in compositions by notable composers/guitarists, Nick Didkovsky and Glenn Branca.

In 2008, Oppedisano was included in a book of guitarists called State of The Axe: Guitar Masters in Photographs and Words (Museum Fine Arts Houston, October 2008 - ISBN 978-0300142112) by renowned photographer Ralph Gibson.

Oppedisano presently lives in Forest Hills, Queens with his wife Kimberly Fiedelman and daughter, Jillian Maisie Oppedisano (b.July 2010).

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